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Best Arts & Culture podcast Webby 2020 winner about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work magic on our ears & our culture.

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    • 4.6 • 137 Ratings

Best Arts & Culture podcast Webby 2020 winner about the making and meaning of popular music. Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work magic on our ears & our culture.

    The Pop Music Forecast (with Lauren Michele Jackson)

    The Pop Music Forecast (with Lauren Michele Jackson)

    Shawn Mendes, BTS, Alicia Keys, 24kGoldn, Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber & Chance The Rapper are all in the Hot 100 with songs that attempt to cope with the state of the world. What do they tell us about the sound of popular music and our collective psyche? Charlie is joined by writer, critic and friend of the podcast, Lauren Michele Jackson to offer a meteorological reading of music in late 2020.

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    SONGS DISCUSSED
    Shawn Mendes - Wonder
    Alicia Keys - Underdog
    Hamilton - My Shot
    Dua Lipa - Break My Heart
    INXS - Need You Tonight
    BTS - Dynamite
    Justin Bieber - Holy ft. Chance The Rapper
    24kgolden - Mood ft. iann dior
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    • 41 min
    Brandy Clark's Life Is A Record

    Brandy Clark's Life Is A Record

    There is a type of country song that loves flawed characters lost on a winding journey ... likely down a dit road. One of the best songwriters in this style is acclaimed artist Brandy Clark. Her credits include a whose-who of country music—Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Lean Rimes—and her albums have received overwhelming critical acclaim. And her debut record, 12 Stories, earned her a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
    We spoke with Brandy about her new album Your Life Is A Record, which asks what if your life’s journey fit on one LP. The songs are honest, and buck the all too familiar pop-country clichés. Clark writes songs about anti-heroes who make imperfect choices (“Who You Thought I Was,” “The Past Is The Past.”) All together her songs portray one whole life. 
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    • 31 min
    Keith Urban on The Speed of Now Part 1

    Keith Urban on The Speed of Now Part 1

    Keith Urban is a legend of country. He’s been releasing hit records for two decades now. Each album he describes as a portrait of his life in that moment. On his latest work, The Speed Of Now Part 1, has Urban disregarding country convention (as he’s known to do), and collaborating with a diverse roster of musicians who contribute an eclectic array of sounds funk guitar, breakbeat drums and even EDM style programming. The result is less straight ahead country and more the unique sound of Keith Urban. In this conversation, we discuss his music, how he stays creative, and why he believes music can still be a uniting force.
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    • 43 min
    Mickey Guyton sings truth to Country Music

    Mickey Guyton sings truth to Country Music

    Mickey Guyton spent a decade of fits and starts trying to make a career in country music. But now in recent months she’s having a country music moment releasing vulnerable songs that use her experiences of rejection, exclusion and racism as inspiration. Charlie speaks with Guyton about her breakout songs “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” and “Black Like Me,” as well as what it took for her to make it onto one of country musics most beloved stages, the American Country Music Awards.

    Songs Discussed
    Mickey Guyton - What Are You Gonna Tell Her
    Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers - Islands In the Stream
    Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors
    Mickey Guyton - Safe (Acoustic)
    Mickey Guyton - Heartbreak Song
    Mickey Guyton - Why Baby Why
    Mickey Guyton - Better Than You Left Me
    Mickey Guyton - Black Like Me
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    • 55 min
    Disclosure: Where Energy Flows

    Disclosure: Where Energy Flows

    Howard and Guy Lawrence, the brothers behind Disclosure, found global acclaim in 2012 with their song “Latch” ft. Sam Smith which blended house and dubstep in a doo-wop time signature. Since, they have collaborated with many of pop’s most sought after vocalists (The Weeknd, Lore and Khalid to name a few) in an ever evolving vision of dance music. On their latest album release, “Energy,” Disclosure channels sounds and samples from the global south. Listen to find out how they make the energy flow. 
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    • 40 min
    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT IV, What Beethoven Would Have Wanted

    THE 5TH — MOVEMENT IV, What Beethoven Would Have Wanted

    When we listen closely to the Fifth, we hear a testament to self-expression and determination. Which means that we get to decide how to honor this symphony today, whether that means taking a break from Beethoven to commission new works from underrepresented composers, bringing new audiences into the fold by staging concerts in communities outside of the concert hall, or re-writing Beethoven’s works to make them reflect our present moment. 

    Featuring:
    Anthony McGill, Clarinet
    Andrea Moore, Musicologist
    Deborah Borda, CEO and President
    David Lang, Composer
    Jaap van Sweden, Conductor
    Leelanee Sterett, Horn
    Sherry Sylar, Oboe

    Music Featured:
    Carlos Simon, Loop
    Tania Léon, Stride
    David Lang, Prisoner of the State
    Recoding of Beethoven Symphony 5 by the New York Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Sweden used by permission from Decca Gold.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
137 Ratings

137 Ratings

marama8 ,

Excellent Podcast

Excellent podcast! - has made me view pop music and music that’s in the charts in a completely different way- highly recommended!

EarWeGoAgain ,

Insightful and fun

One of the best music podcasts out there.

#kenzythepuglover ,

Awesome podcast

Music is my life so anyone listening this is recommended for you if you like music or even if you not as crazy about music it’s an amazing podcast to listen to
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Keep it up. ❤️🧡💛
Drake is awesome and so is Billie Eilish
Could you do one about Lewis Capaldi?

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